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If you think you know George Washington, think again.

This is the amazing true story of a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powers—yet changed the world forever. It's a story about a man whose life reads as if it were torn from the pages of an action novel: Bullet holes through his clothing. Horses shot out from under him. Unimaginable hardship. Disease. Heroism. Spies and double-agents. And, of course, the unmistakable hand of Divine Providence that guided it all.

Being George Washington is a whole new way to look at history. You won't simply read about the awful winter spent at Valley Forge—you'll live it right alongside Washington. You'll be on the boat with him crossing the Delaware, in the trenches with him at Yorktown, and standing next to him at the Constitutional Convention as a new republic is finally born.

Through these stories you'll not only learn our real history (and how it applies to today), you'll also see how the media and others have distorted our view of it. It's ironic that the best-known fact about George Washington—that he chopped down a cherry tree—is a complete lie. It's even more ironic when you consider that a lie was thought necessary to prove he could not tell one.

For all of his heroism and triumphs, Washington's single greatest accomplishment was the man he created in the process: courageous and principled, fair and just, respectful to all. But he was also something else: flawed.

It's those flaws that should give us hope for today. After all, if Washington had been perfect, then there would be no way to build another one. That's why this book is not just about being George Washington in 1776, it's about the struggle to be him every single day of our lives. Understanding the way he turned himself from an uneducated farmer into the Indispensable (yet imperfect) Man, is the only way to build a new generation of George Washingtons that can take on the extraordinary challenges that America is once again facing.

©2011 Mercury Radio Arts, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Great story, inspiring!

Excellent story about Washington and the virtues that made him great. Very interesting and well read.

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An inspirational read

I really loved this book. I learned a lot about George Washington and was inspired by his life and legacy. I also found myself more grateful for our first President and all he did to provide the freedoms I am blessed with today.

Truly we are a blessed nation and we should all strive to live up to the legacy that has gone before us.

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God of the gaps fallacy

I like the dramatic license of the stories. I think it brings Mr. Washington to life. Interestingly, the author frequently chose to resolve unknown circumstances and events by filling them in with God. It wasn't hard to ignore this in the first few chapters, but by the end of the book it seemed as if it was the predominant theme. In short, it felt like a sermon.

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History come alive!

Great historical retelling. Love the insight into George Washington's character and loved the ideas of how we can use George Washington's life as an example and model our behavior after him. Too much negative about today's politicians and a little too much commentary about politics in general. But loved the focus on the constitution.

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Good story, too much "God was on our side"

The facts were very interesting, and Glen Beck is a good narrator. I was put off by his often "proving" that God was responsible for Washington's success. Didn't the other side believe in God?

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Inspiring

Civility, honor, convictions, determination, humility, righteousness, self sacrifice are all things that not only seem rare in our modern culture but are rarely often found in our "public servants". This book gave some great insight into the man behind the legend, and has challenged me to live more like this man and more importantly like the Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave us the ultimate example through the ultimate sacrifice. For human heros I have found that Washington cannot be topped. A mere humble man with standards and humility met divine providence and the greatest country was spared ruin...a least for a while. We have been given a republic...the question, as Benjamin Franklin stated "A republic, if you can keep it". Will we keep it or will we squander the sacrifice of Washington and so many others? Only time will tell, but I am resolved to live more like Washington in my corner of the USA today, and pray God spares us a bit longer.

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Entertaining history

This book was an entertaining and inspirational account of George Washington's life mixed with the thought provoking insights of Glen Beck.

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Wonderful to listen to!

Whether you like Beck or not, you cant deny that he is a great author. This story about the critical points of Washington's life is factual, with the addition of probable conversations with other historical characters along the way. This makes it great to read/listen too. History can sometimes by dry or boring, Beck has a way of bringing it to life!

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Accurate History Told as a Great Story

Would you listen to Being George Washington again? Why?

I already have! And I have even bought the book to share with family and friends. Most memorable you finish with a new appreciation for the wonderful uniqueness that is The United States of America. You realize the fight for keeping the liberties and freedoms of this country is a battle of the ages from days after the Revolution to today. This book looks at the heart and soul of many players of the time. Interestingly, even Napoleon who although was a traitor, this book unpacks what lead up to his scheming. He is not painted all evil. Napoleon started out sincere and the best of the best. The book stops you for a minute to question what would you do? If situations were switched would even Washington fall into that pit? Interesting!!!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Sometimes I do and you certainly could! However this story is so full of true events and retrospective moments you want to remember and savor it.

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I think this is a superb book for young people too. History should be told in compelling stories without a lot of fictionalization. Beck adds details well researched and true to the times. You can trust this author. Most over this book leaves you with appreciation and desire to be a part of this country we are privileged to call home.

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Very revealing of the man.

Fast-paced and revealing of important historical moments and men that shaped our country. You have to know the history to honor it and continue in the direction intended. Grateful for men like this.